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UTD's Alan G. MacDiarmid Elected
Fellow of the Royal Society of London

Nobel Laureate to Join World's Oldest Scientific Academy

Alan MacDiarmidRICHARDSON, Texas (May 20, 2003):  Nobel Laureate Dr. Alan G. MacDiarmid, who holds an endowed chair at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge, the world's oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

Founded in 1660, the Royal Society boasts a fellowship of the most eminent scientists of the day, elected by peer review for life. Its roster of past and current members includes such luminaries as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Ernest Rutherford, Albert Einstein, Dorothy Hodgkin, Francis Crick, James Watson and Stephen Hawking.

There are currently more than 65 Nobel Laureates among the organization's approximately 1,300 Fellows and Foreign Members, drawn from all scientific disciplines.

The Royal Society's aim is to promote excellence in science by supporting research, recognizing achievement and encouraging a greater awareness and understanding of science. While based in London, it is one of the most influential science organizations in the world.

MacDiarmid will be admitted into the Royal Society at a ceremony on July 11 in London.

MacDiarmid, who joined the UTD faculty in the fall of 2002, holds the James Von Ehr Distinguished Chair in Science and Technology. He also holds professorial appointments in the university's Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics and leads a Center for Scientific and Technical Innovations, where he studies a range of topics including biological systems and nanoscience.

MacDiarmid first affiliated with UTD in August 2001 as a distinguished scholar in residence, senior adviser on science and technology to UTD President Dr. Franklyn Jenifer and chairman of the advisory board of the UTD NanoTech Institute.

MacDiarmid shared the 2000 Nobel Prize in chemistry with Alan Heeger and Hideki Shirakawa for their discoveries that plastics can be made electrically conductive, thus creating the field of conducting polymers, also known as 'synthetic metals.'  Some of the practical applications of his research include rechargeable batteries, gas sensors and light-emitting devices. In recent years, MacDiarmid has pioneered research in the field of nanoelectronics.

Born in New Zealand, MacDiarmid received an M.Sc. degree from the University of New Zealand and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and Cambridge University. He rose through the faculty ranks of the University of Pennsylvania to become the Blanchard Professor of Chemistry.

MacDiarmid is the author or co-author of some 600 research papers and holds 20 patents. He has received numerous awards, medals and honorary degrees for his scientific achievements, most recently election to the National Academy of Sciences and to the National Academy of Engineering.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls more than 13,000 students. The school's freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit its web site at www.utdallas.edu.


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